Total Wreck Mine Trail

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The Total Wreck Mine Trail is a prime spot for all offroad enthusiasts seeking an adrenaline-pumping adventure near Tucson, AZ. The trail offers very challenging terrain, with rocky, rutted, off-camber areas and several steep, rocky inclines that will test your skills and your vehicle's capabilities. Additionally, this trail features several wash crossings and medium to large ruts that may have water present depending on the recent rainfall. Rain or snow could affect the road, so definitely check the weather conditions before you head out. Be aware of open-range cattle that line and occasionally block the trail.

This trail is best suited for modified vehicles with at least a rear locker and a lift. A spare tire is also highly recommended. Having a good and experienced spotter should be considered essential along this trail.

Riders looking to start this trail can either begin on the Power Line Trail to the north or ride in what is typically considered backward, by starting at East Yucca Farm Road or East Empire Ranch Road.

The Total Wreck Mine has a rich historical significance in the mining industry. It was initially discovered in 1879 by a cowboy named John Dilden, who also is credited with naming the Empire Mountains, and his boss, Walter L. Vail, owner of the Empire Ranch and the namesake (along with his brother Edward) for the town of Vail. In 1883, with the mine in full swing, there were about 50 homes, four saloons, three hotels and a bank and brewery. Around 1884 or 1885, the mining operation lessened and eventually stopped. In 1890, with just a small population remaining, the post office closed, and most of the residents slowly moved away in search of work elsewhere in Arizona’s thriving mining districts.